Crochet: Chain Circle and Magic Circle

When crocheting in straight lines gets too easy for you, it’s probably time to move onto patterns that work in rounds or circles. There are two main types of circles in the crochet world: the Chain Circle (not an official name, but what we’ll call it here) and the “Magic” Circle. Both of these can help a crocheter to achieve the same outcome-a circle. We will learn both types here.

Crochet: Chain Circle and the Magic Circle

The Chain Circle

The Chain Circle is not always easy to close up in the center, but that can be a good thing depending upon the pattern. The number of Chains needed to form a Chain Circle may vary by pattern. For the sake of simply showing you how to make a Chain Circle, we will start by crocheting 4 Chains. Here are some simple steps to create a Chain Circle.

1. Chain 4. Find the very 1st Chain that was crocheted.

step 1a - chain

2. Insert the hook into that 1st Chain. (2a) The hook should be all the way through the 1st Chain like shown. (2b)

step 2a - chain circle     step 2b - chain circle

3. Yarn Over (YO) and pull the yarn back through the chain stitch.

step 3 - chain circle

4. There should be two loops on the hook as shown.
5. Slip Stitch. Do this by using the hook groove to pull the loop closest to the hook head through the other loop on the hook.

step 4 - chain circle     step 5 - chain circle

6. When completed, there should be one loop on the hook.
7. The Chain Circle should be complete. If you pull it open a bit, you will see that there is a hole in the center as shown. Any further stitches you would add to this would most likely begin by sticking the hook inside this center hole.

step 6 - chain circle     step 7 - chain circle

The “Magic” Circle

The Magic Circle was named because it seems like “Magic” when pulling one piece of yarn draws the circle tightly together. I have always found it easier to get a really tight circle when using the Magic Circle versus the Chain Circle. Magic circles do not always have to begin with Single Crochets, but because we’ve already covered How to Single Crochet, we’ll use the Single Crochet to create our Magic Circle here.

1. Form a VERY loose knot as shown. It should look somewhat like a pretzel.
2. Slide the crochet hook under the very bottom piece of yarn. Do NOT tighten!

MC 1     MC 2

3. Pick up the loose knot while keeping the crochet hook in place.
4. Hold the yarn and hook as if getting ready to crochet, while pinching the loose knot near the crochet hook.

MC 5 500X500     MC 6 500X500

5. Begin a Single Crochet (SC) by sliding the hook into the middle of the loose knot.
6. Yarn over (YO).

MC 7 500X500     MC 8 500X500

7. Pull the yarn back through the loose knot. There should be two loops on the hook.
8. Yarn over (YO).

MC 9 500X500     MC 10 500X500

9. Pull the yarn through both loops on the hook.
10. One Single Crochet (SC) has been completed on the Magic Circle.
11. Continue steps 5 through 9 until six total Single Crochets have been completed.

MC 11 500X500     MC 12 500X500     MC 13 500X500

12. Pull the cut end of the yarn until the circle in the middle closes completely.

MC 14     MC 15

13. Find the very first Single Crochet that was completed in the Magic Circle.
14. Slide the crochet hook into the top of the Single Crochet you just found in step 13. There should be one  Single Crochet and one loop on the hook.

MC 16 500X500     MC 17 500X500

15. Yarn over (YO).
16. Pull the yarn back through both the Single Crochet and the loop on the hook. That created a Slip Stitch to secure the circle.

MC 18 500X500     MC 19 500X500

17. The Magic Circle is complete. As long as the cut end of the yarn has not been sewed into the work and/or cut off, it can be pulled to tighten the Magic Circle.

MC 20 500X500

Crocheted circles are a lot of fun, and they can be used to make lots of things like hats, buttons, rugs, etc. So many options! If you’ve been following along with the Crochet: A Beginner’s Guide series, you should be able to complete the most basic beginner patterns with what you’ve learned so far. I hope you’ll join next time when we learn a stitch!

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